Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 14 November, 2012

Article first published as Image Comics - New Release Reviews For November 14, 2012 on Technorati.

The comic book industry has become big business with transmedia expansion and corporate alliances that generate billions of dollars of revenue. Even the retailers and online distributors seem to be making money. There is a small subsection of the country that has found ways to make money off of comic books and they are the collectors. But is this a good idea?

Much like the bubble that happened in the nineties with Superman and X-men, there are major initiatives with variant covers such as The Waking Dead or DC Comics' upcoming Justice League relaunch with fifty-two covers.Can the industry sustain the influx of speculators who will leave when the bust comes?

Or will it lead to a crash that nearly destroyed the direct market in the late nineties? Image Comics survived that bust and is poised to continue growing. This week they're releasing seven new comics, most with just one cover. Titles are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best possible. We take the time to read these books so your time isn't wasted.

Where Is Jake Ellis - Issue 1 (of 5)

This appears to be a sequel series, as the first few pages recap prior story lines. Very poorly. The recap is almost impossible to follow and understand. Worse, it took several pages when it could have been summed up with a few paragraphs of text.

The actual new issue is pretty good. The look is great. Covers are moody and the interior art is excellent. The story is interesting, as it jumps between two tales that are probably connected. It's exciting, though nothing we haven't seen before.

Score: 7 out of 10

Great Pacific - Issue 1

This has a theme of people trying to make a difference in a world humanity is quickly killing. Overall this is an inconsistent comic book. The writing is fine, but not ground-breaking.  The cover is excellent and the interior is very good, with a few odd moments. It has a great deal of potential.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Saga - Issue 7

The key to any story is how believable and interesting the relationships are between characters. Saga's relationships are off-the-charts amazing. Everything about this comic book is amazing. The cover is fantastic. The interior art is excellent. Even the lettering is special.

There's a sequence with some inner monologue that, when juxtaposed with the sequence of images, makes one of the most moving sequences found today. Even their ship/tree keeps revealing cooler and cooler things. The best comic book on the stands.

Score: 10 out of 10

Think Tank - Issue 4

This is the end of the first arc, but not the story as the first issue showed. This wasn't the best story as it was just one long escape from the military base, though it was fun. There is a lot of double-crosses occurring so it's setting the future up nicely. Cover was kind of over the top, and the interior was generally solid.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Hoax Hunters - Issue 5

This was a pleasant, self-contained story that was more about characters and atmosphere than silliness and it pays off, as this perfectly presents what this series is about.  The history lesson was appreciated. The cover is alright and interior are is excellent.

Score: 6 out of 10

Point Of Impact - Issue 2 (of 4)

There is nothing polished about this series, which may or may not be a bad thing. The art is extremely stylish, even if the skill of the artist is in question. The writing is filled with mystery that is so mysterious it becomes distracting.

The police are incompetent. Major plot lines like the stolen lap top are just ignored. Even the reporter's conversation with his editor is cliched. Not a lot of time for this series to improve but the creator may get better in future projects.

Score: 5 out of 10

Hack / Slash - Issue 20

Extremely overt sexuality found on the cover that hints sex and violence as being interchangeable. The interior artwork was alright, though a little too focused on cheese-cake. The story was a nice change of pace, dealing with relationships in a rather thoughtful manner. And the characters were rocked by a new revelation.

Score: 7 out of 10

You may not consider comic books as an investment but there are plenty worth buying and keeping so you can re-read them. A perfect example of this is Saga which everyone should buy. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.